Location: Orion, IL
Weight: 92 lbs
Age: 5 yrs 10 months
Good with Men: Yes
Good with Women: Does fine but seems to prefer men
Good with Dogs: was fine with male rottie but the female rottie in home and Gypsy are showing more aggression towards each other. (see videos in attachments below)
Good with Cats: Unknown
Children: Gypsy has growled at the 5 yr old granddaughter so no younger kids; recommended age 10 and older
House Trained: Yes
Crate Trained: Doesn’t use one
Medical Issues: just had surgery on her leg; was limping on right rear leg
Heartworm test: 7/27/22 (Negative)
Characteristics: Gypsy’s current owner rescued her from a coworker who was going to take her to the shelter. Gyspy is a lover of people, but tends to resource guard her food and toys sometimes. I think she would prefer to be the only female dog in a household due to dominance issues. Any kids would have to be older. She is also used to a yard that is fenced to run in. She loves Kong squeaky toys, hard boiled eggs with shell, hot dogs and Kraft cheese squares. Also loves squirrels. Cats might be seen as prey since they are
small and move fast. She is very friendly at the vet and rolls on her back and sticks her head in their laps. It is believed she was possibly abused in another home. She gets a little whale eyed and licks her lips when you are petting her sometimes. She likely spent a lot of time previously in a kennel as the fur on her front elbows is rubbed off. Gypsy is a very sweet dog, but there is still some trauma that she hasn’t quite gotten over yet. If she is laying by you ,and you touch her, she jumps a little. She has the rottie rumble, if you are
petting her, she will offer a paw sometimes if you stop.
Notes from evaluator; Gypsy was very happy & excited to see us although it did take her a few minutes to warm up to us. She did not jump on us and knew to sit when told. She initially did growl a bit & get “bug eyed” and show a little teeth. But she calmed down quickly & wanted to be petted more. It was the “rottie growl/talk” She also would also curl her tail under her when she sits. Not sure if it was due to fear or uncertainty though. She also has the rottie lean. She preferred my husband over me but she was still friendly with me. Gypsy knows how to sit,, stay, lay down and does well on a leash. Overall, Gypsy seems like a very happy & playful dog. She gets excited and loves attention & people. She seems to prefer men over women, but would be good with a patient family with older children at least 10 & older. She will need time to recover from her surgery and slowly rehab. I do not know how she is with cats. I do not know if the aggression she was showing towards the resident female dog was because she doesn’t get along with other females. Or if the other female was the aggressor and Gypsy was just reacting. We did bring our male rottweiler and neither were aggressive with the other. Gypsy did not seem to even care he was there. Gypsy needs a rottie-savvy owner that understands and can work with her resource guarding. A quieter home with older kids is ideal but she should be fine with a male dog based on her meeting the male rottweiler.